Slow roasted, smoked paprika Plum Tomatoes with Ricotta, Pine Nuts + Mint

Slow roasted, smoked paprika Plum Tomatoes with Ricotta, Pine Nuts + Mint
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SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS /

12 plum tomatoes
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + extra
1 packet baby vine tomatoes (approx. 16)
500g Ricotta cheese
Large handful mint leaves - as small as you can find
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
Salt + freshly ground black pepper
Aged Balsamic vinegar

METHOD /

Preheat oven to 120˚C/248˚F

Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and paprika together. Stir to combine well.

Slice plum tomatoes in half length ways. Arrange tomatoes cut side up on tray. Season with salt + freshly ground black pepper when drizzle with oil/paprika mix. Use the back of a spoon to spread out over tomato tops. Roast in oven for 3-4 hours.

At the 3 hour mark of above tomatoes roasting, add vine tomatoes to a separate parchment lined baking tray.
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt + freshly ground black pepper and roast in oven for last hour alongside plum tomatoes.

Remove from oven at the 4 hour mark and set aside to cool.

To assemble salad; add the cooled tomatoes to a large serving platter, carefully spoon lumps of Ricotta cheese around tomatoes, scatter with toasted pine nuts and garnish with baby mint leaves and a good drizzle of good quality/aged/thickened Balsamic vinegar.